Shooting reported on Ellen Court in Merced

A 21-year-old Chowchilla man is in the hospital after being shot early Thursday morning in the 1500 block of Ellen Court in Merced.

Police responded to the scene at 1:22 a.m. and found the victim lying on the ground in the parking lot of an apartment building with a gunshot wound to his chest, according to Lt. Bimley West.

The man, who was still conscious, was flown to a regional hospital. His condition remains unknown.

No one has been arrested.

Police haven't determined a motive and the victim remains in stable condition.

Few details have been released about the suspects. They are described as three Latino males wearing hooded sweatshirts.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call Detective Chris Russell (209) 385-4707 or the department's automated tip-line at (209) 385-4725. Calls are kept confidential, and you can remain anonymous.

Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsun-star.com.